Kamchatka’s Forgotten Coast – Expedition Cruise

Duration14days

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Trip StyleExpedition Cruise

Time of yearJune - July

Siberia’s eastern coastline is undoubtedly one of the most remote and least visited regions of the globe.

On this Kamchatka cruise, venture into the forgotten landscape of the Kamchatka and Chukotka coasts, the sublime natural beauty of untouched landscapes and abundant wildlife! As the Kamchatka coastline has been largely uninfluenced by human interaction for years, natural habitats and colonies of birds, seals, foxes, bears, and marine life have been able to flourish in the region.

It is also home to many indigenous peoples such as the Itelmen, Even, Chukchi, and Koryak, whose cultures you can experience on this Kamchatka cruise.

Kamchatka's Forgotten Coast Cruise Highlights:

  • Take a unique journey to the Commander Islands, rich with bird and marine life like the Red-faced cormorant, horned puffin, Pigeon Guillemot, Crested and Whiskered Auklets, and Sea Otters. Cruising the surrounds, you'll also have the opportunity to observe the humpback, northern minke, sperm, orca, and Baird's Beaked whales.
  • Multiple landings across the Koryak and Chukotka coast will provide an excellent opportunity for sightings and photography of the natural world. As this Kamchatka cruise expedition takes you from the forested fiords to lagoons and bays, you'll be in awe of wildlife like the brown bear, Kamchatka marmot, red fox, Tundra Bean Goose, Asian Rosy Finch and Siberian Accentor.
  • This Kamchatka cruise will get you up close and personal with the exclusive colony of Spoon-billed Sandpipers. In 2011, the team discovered a previously unknown colony of this rare and endangered bird. Now we work in tandem with conservation workers from Birdlife International and Birds Russia to bring you bespoke guided tours to their mating colonies. This Kamchatka Cruise will give you a rare insight into the remote and untouched world of Kamchatka's coastline.

Moving on from the plunder of natural resources at the request of the Tsar in the 17th Century, Stalin promoted economic growth in the region where Soviet towns were constructed and incentives were offered to those who immigrated there for work. However, with the iron curtain of the Cold War, travel to and within the region became forbidden, with strict controls and military installations. After the collapse of the soviet union, mass migration saw incentivised workers retreat west and colonies on the islands were abandoned. With the economic withdrawal, the little remaining population reverted to traditional methods of work and life.

This unique set of circumstances which deterred and restricted human involvement in the region has meant that most of the world has forgotten the Kamchatka coastline. Through this Kamchatka cruise, you will witness a landscape dominated by volcanoes, fiords, tundra and estuarine zones, and the coastline which has some of the most diverse, rich, and beautiful habitats and displays of wildlife in the world.

Arrival

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Departure

Nome (Alaska)

Accomodation

Heritage Adventurer

Trip style

Expedition Cruise

Duration

14 days / 13 nights

Action rating?

     

Group size

up to 140 people

Type of tour

Guaranteed Departures

Itinerary

Day 1 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Russia)

The Kamchatka cruise begins at the capital of the Kamchatka region, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, where you will promptly board the Heritage Adventurer. We encourage you to arrive a few days earlier so that you can take advantage of the rich natural and cultural attractions of the area such as the Valley of the Geysers.

Day 2 Zhupanova River

Begin the excitement by boarding your first Zodiac for a cruise on the Zhupanova River. Our object of desire will be the Steller’s Sea Eagle which nests close to the river. There is also an opportunity to observe Largha seals stretched out on sandbars, and waterfowl and waders parading around them. As the river plays a pivotal role in the salmon industry, we hope to show you a local fishing camp.

By the afternoon we should be advancing towards the Commander Islands, ripe with opportunity to spot the Laysan Albatross, Mottled Petrel and the Fork-Tailed Storm- Petrel. As we navigate the Kamchatka Trench be on the lookout for majestic Blue Whales.

Day 3-4 Commander Islands

Accidentally discovered in 1741 by Commander Vitus Bering, the Commander Islands are bursting at the seams with natural beauty and rare wildlife. On this Kamchatka cruise we will venture through the islands by a combination of zodiac missions and landings.

Stopping first at the Nikolskoye Village we will visit one of the only exhibits of the skeleton of the extinct Stella’s Sea Cow. From here we will take zodiacs in search of the Red-face Cormorant, Red-legged Kittiwake, Horned Puffin, Parakeet, Pigeon Guillemot, Crested and Whiskered Auklets and Sea Otters.

Cruising the southern contours of Bering Island, we will navigate the waters in search of the Humpback, Northern Minke, Sperm, Orcas, and Baird’s Beaked Whales. Weather permitting, we will land at one of many thrilling sites near Commander Bay and Medny Island where Vitus Bering’s ship was wrecked.

Day 5 Karaginsky Island

Karaginsky Island is one of the uninhabited islands on Kamchatka’s east coast, making it a haven for wildlife because of its varied and untouched habitats.

Strategically landing in tundra and ponds, we will be in prime position to view a variety of waders including the Pacific Golden Plover, Red-necked Phalarope, Red-necked Stint and Bluethroat and Pallas’ Reed Bunting.

Day 6 Verkhoturova Island and Govena Peninsula

Taking a short but sharp trail to the cliff tops of Verkhoturova Island, we will observe the expanse of seabird colonies up close. From this position, we will also have sprawling views which will reveal Tufted Puffins, Brunnich’s Guillemots, Black-legged Kittiwakes and Pelagic Cormorants. We may even be fortunate enough to see the Harlequin and Steeler’s Eider Ducks here too, as well as Steller Sea Lions flopped lazily upon offshore rock outcrops.

The afternoon, the Kamchatka cruise will see us venturing over to Govena Peninsula, landing in zodiacs at the Koryaksky Reserve on the trail of the Kamchatka Brown Bear. Our landing depends on the location of the bears at this time, as they may be patrolling the shore.

Day 7-9 Koryak and Chukotka coast

The Koryak and Chukotka Coast is home to a variety of rich wildlife which can be observed over the next few days wherein we will make multiple landings for photographs and up close encounters.

In the deep fiords, we expect to show you brown bears, mountain sheep, Kamchatka Marmots and red foxes. Moving across to lagoons and bays, there is a plethora of burgeoning birdlife and we can anticipate sightings of the Tundra Bean Goose, Great Knot, Gyrfalcon, Steller’s Eider, Long-tailed Stint, Siberian Accentor and Asian Rosy Finch. We also expect to show you the Kittlitz’s Murrelet.

One of the most exciting parts of our Kamchatka cruise is that, because this land is relatively untouched, there is a chance that we will discover new wildlife colonies as we go!

In a 2011 expedition, we discovered a previously unknown population of Spoon-billed Sandpiper, and in conjunction with Birdlife international and Birds Russia (who travel with us), we anticipate that we will return to these areas to monitor the colonies’ progress. This is a rare opportunity for photography and birding in a location where only limited tourists have ever known.

Day 10 Meinypil'gyno

This Kamchatka cruise will take you to the epicentre of breeding for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, the Village of Meinypil-gyno. This shingle spit extends 40km across the coast and is the most important site for the monitoring and recording of this species.

On this occasion, we will be guests of the unique Spoon-billed Sandpiper Recovery Taskforce and will be guided to their nests. Like much of the surrounding area, this location is packed with wildlife and you can also expect to find the Emperor Goose, White-billed Diver, Pacific Diver and Sandhill Crane.

The lagoon also offers sightings of the Largha seal, beluga and grey whales and an abundance of gulls. This region also has a strong cultural presence with a small museum and entertaining amateur dance groups.

Day 11 Preobrazheniya Bay

At Preobrazheniya Bay we look to Zodiac cruise its spectacular towering granite cliffs home to thousands of nesting birds including Black-legged Kittiwakes, Horned and Tufted Puffins, Common, Brünnich’s and Pigeon Guillemonts, Glaucous and Vega Gulls, Parakeet and Crested Auklets, Northern Fulmars, White Wagtails, Shorttailed Shearwaters and Redthroated Pipit. We will also be looking for Resident Killer Whales/ Orca, known to frequent the coastline.

Day 12 Yttygran Island & Penkingney Bay

Yttygran Island is home to the monumental ancient aboriginal site known as Whale Bone Alley, where whale bones stretch along the beach for nearly half a kilometre. There are many meat pits used for storage and other remains of a busy whaling camp that united several aboriginal villages at a time. In one location, immense Bowhead Whale jawbones and ribs are placed together in a stunning arch formation. Gray and Humpback Whales are frequently seen around the island. This afternoon we plan to visit Bukhta Penkingney. This long fiord, cut into the coastline by glaciers, is a popular spot for whale watching. Exploring this scenic location we will be looking for wildlife including brown bear.

Day 13 Provideniya Bay

Today there will be an opportunity to explore this fascinating former Soviet military port and administrative centre. After clearing Russian Customs and Immigration in Provideniya we will set sail for Nome across the Bering Strait. One of the world’s most nutrient-rich stretches of water, each spring the Bering Strait is the scene of one of the planet’s largest wildlife migrations. Beluga, Bowhead and Gray Whales, walrus, Ringed Seals and numerous seabirds are all known to frequent the strait so there is plenty of opportunity for wildlife encounters. Join the expedition team for a recap and disembarkation briefing before enjoying a farewell dinner to celebrate our journey as we sail back across the International Date Line.

Day 14 Nome (Alaska)

After breakfast and clearing US Immigration and Customs formalities it will be time to say our farewells. There will be a complimentary transfer to take you to the airport or a designated central location. Note: During our voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include poor weather and/or opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed.

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Inclusions

Group airport arrival and departure transfers

Accommodation onboard of the Heritage Adventurer

3 daily meals onboard

All expeditions and shore excursions with professional leaders

Guided shore excursions and zodiac boat tours

Onboard lectures

Russian visa support document (voucher)

Exclusions

Flights

Travel insurance

Russian visa and visa fees. Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for concierge visa service here.

Individual transfers

Alcohol

Dates & Prices

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June 28 - July 10, 2022
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Kamchatka’s Forgotten Coast – Expedition Cruise

Days 14

From USD $9,450

Trip Style Expedition Cruise

Time of year June - July

Day 1: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (Russia)

The Kamchatka cruise begins at the capital of the Kamchatka region, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, where you will promptly board the Heritage Adventurer. We encourage you to arrive a few days earlier so that you can take advantage of the rich natural and cultural attractions of the area such as the Valley of the Geysers.

Day 2 : Zhupanova River

Begin the excitement by boarding your first Zodiac for a cruise on the Zhupanova River. Our object of desire will be the Steller’s Sea Eagle which nests close to the river. There is also an opportunity to observe Largha seals stretched out on sandbars, and waterfowl and waders parading around them. As the river plays a pivotal role in the salmon industry, we hope to show you a local fishing camp.

By the afternoon we should be advancing towards the Commander Islands, ripe with opportunity to spot the Laysan Albatross, Mottled Petrel and the Fork-Tailed Storm- Petrel. As we navigate the Kamchatka Trench be on the lookout for majestic Blue Whales.

Day 3-4: Commander Islands

Accidentally discovered in 1741 by Commander Vitus Bering, the Commander Islands are bursting at the seams with natural beauty and rare wildlife. On this Kamchatka cruise we will venture through the islands by a combination of zodiac missions and landings.

Stopping first at the Nikolskoye Village we will visit one of the only exhibits of the skeleton of the extinct Stella’s Sea Cow. From here we will take zodiacs in search of the Red-face Cormorant, Red-legged Kittiwake, Horned Puffin, Parakeet, Pigeon Guillemot, Crested and Whiskered Auklets and Sea Otters.

Cruising the southern contours of Bering Island, we will navigate the waters in search of the Humpback, Northern Minke, Sperm, Orcas, and Baird’s Beaked Whales. Weather permitting, we will land at one of many thrilling sites near Commander Bay and Medny Island where Vitus Bering’s ship was wrecked.

Day 5: Karaginsky Island

Karaginsky Island is one of the uninhabited islands on Kamchatka’s east coast, making it a haven for wildlife because of its varied and untouched habitats.

Strategically landing in tundra and ponds, we will be in prime position to view a variety of waders including the Pacific Golden Plover, Red-necked Phalarope, Red-necked Stint and Bluethroat and Pallas’ Reed Bunting.

Day 6: Verkhoturova Island and Govena Peninsula

Taking a short but sharp trail to the cliff tops of Verkhoturova Island, we will observe the expanse of seabird colonies up close. From this position, we will also have sprawling views which will reveal Tufted Puffins, Brunnich’s Guillemots, Black-legged Kittiwakes and Pelagic Cormorants. We may even be fortunate enough to see the Harlequin and Steeler’s Eider Ducks here too, as well as Steller Sea Lions flopped lazily upon offshore rock outcrops.

The afternoon, the Kamchatka cruise will see us venturing over to Govena Peninsula, landing in zodiacs at the Koryaksky Reserve on the trail of the Kamchatka Brown Bear. Our landing depends on the location of the bears at this time, as they may be patrolling the shore.

Day 7-9: Koryak and Chukotka coast

The Koryak and Chukotka Coast is home to a variety of rich wildlife which can be observed over the next few days wherein we will make multiple landings for photographs and up close encounters.

In the deep fiords, we expect to show you brown bears, mountain sheep, Kamchatka Marmots and red foxes. Moving across to lagoons and bays, there is a plethora of burgeoning birdlife and we can anticipate sightings of the Tundra Bean Goose, Great Knot, Gyrfalcon, Steller’s Eider, Long-tailed Stint, Siberian Accentor and Asian Rosy Finch. We also expect to show you the Kittlitz’s Murrelet.

One of the most exciting parts of our Kamchatka cruise is that, because this land is relatively untouched, there is a chance that we will discover new wildlife colonies as we go!

In a 2011 expedition, we discovered a previously unknown population of Spoon-billed Sandpiper, and in conjunction with Birdlife international and Birds Russia (who travel with us), we anticipate that we will return to these areas to monitor the colonies’ progress. This is a rare opportunity for photography and birding in a location where only limited tourists have ever known.

Day 10: Meinypil'gyno

This Kamchatka cruise will take you to the epicentre of breeding for the Spoon-billed Sandpiper, the Village of Meinypil-gyno. This shingle spit extends 40km across the coast and is the most important site for the monitoring and recording of this species.

On this occasion, we will be guests of the unique Spoon-billed Sandpiper Recovery Taskforce and will be guided to their nests. Like much of the surrounding area, this location is packed with wildlife and you can also expect to find the Emperor Goose, White-billed Diver, Pacific Diver and Sandhill Crane.

The lagoon also offers sightings of the Largha seal, beluga and grey whales and an abundance of gulls. This region also has a strong cultural presence with a small museum and entertaining amateur dance groups.

Day 11: Preobrazheniya Bay

At Preobrazheniya Bay we look to Zodiac cruise its spectacular towering granite cliffs home to thousands of nesting birds including Black-legged Kittiwakes, Horned and Tufted Puffins, Common, Brünnich’s and Pigeon Guillemonts, Glaucous and Vega Gulls, Parakeet and Crested Auklets, Northern Fulmars, White Wagtails, Shorttailed Shearwaters and Redthroated Pipit. We will also be looking for Resident Killer Whales/ Orca, known to frequent the coastline.

Day 12: Yttygran Island & Penkingney Bay

Yttygran Island is home to the monumental ancient aboriginal site known as Whale Bone Alley, where whale bones stretch along the beach for nearly half a kilometre. There are many meat pits used for storage and other remains of a busy whaling camp that united several aboriginal villages at a time. In one location, immense Bowhead Whale jawbones and ribs are placed together in a stunning arch formation. Gray and Humpback Whales are frequently seen around the island. This afternoon we plan to visit Bukhta Penkingney. This long fiord, cut into the coastline by glaciers, is a popular spot for whale watching. Exploring this scenic location we will be looking for wildlife including brown bear.

Day 13: Provideniya Bay

Today there will be an opportunity to explore this fascinating former Soviet military port and administrative centre. After clearing Russian Customs and Immigration in Provideniya we will set sail for Nome across the Bering Strait. One of the world’s most nutrient-rich stretches of water, each spring the Bering Strait is the scene of one of the planet’s largest wildlife migrations. Beluga, Bowhead and Gray Whales, walrus, Ringed Seals and numerous seabirds are all known to frequent the strait so there is plenty of opportunity for wildlife encounters. Join the expedition team for a recap and disembarkation briefing before enjoying a farewell dinner to celebrate our journey as we sail back across the International Date Line.

Day 14: Nome (Alaska)

After breakfast and clearing US Immigration and Customs formalities it will be time to say our farewells. There will be a complimentary transfer to take you to the airport or a designated central location. Note: During our voyage, circumstances may make it necessary or desirable to deviate from the proposed itinerary. This can include poor weather and/or opportunities for making unplanned excursions. Your Expedition Leader will keep you fully informed.

Included

Group airport arrival and departure transfers

Accommodation onboard of the Heritage Adventurer

3 daily meals onboard

All expeditions and shore excursions with professional leaders

Guided shore excursions and zodiac boat tours

Onboard lectures

Russian visa support document (voucher)

Not included

Flights

Travel insurance

Russian visa and visa fees. Russian visa can be arranged by 56th Parallel for an additional cost (for Australian citizens only). Apply for concierge visa service here.

Individual transfers

Alcohol

Dates & Prices

DatesAvailabilityPriceSingle sup.
June 28 - July 10, 2022
Guaranteed Departures
Few places left US $9,450 US $0

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